in a mini-series dealing with seven deadly character defects
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Grapevine, Inc. - October, 1976
has lust to do with sobriety? One answer is that since
it involves a powerful natural drive triggered by the
mind, it can shatter a normally serene person. Down the
ages, it has shattered nations as well as people.
is not an exclusively sexual term. The word is defined
as “an excessive drive … Seeking quick and
ruthless satisfaction, as, a lust for power; a passionate
and inordinate desire for something.” Nothing like
that is secondary or minor. Just as liquor does, the wold
urge can make many of us forget common sense rules. It
can fog the mind and judgment. When this ha ppens to an
alcoholic, disaster may be only an arm’s length
away. Thus, it behooves the sober alcoholic to be on guard
this mean wearing a hair shirt or r etreating from life,
hermit style? Of cour se not. Remember what Bill W. said
about taking the middle course in all things, and recognizing
that perfection may be light years away. Yet right now
is the time we have to consider, and by cooling lust early,
we can strengthen sobriety.
that can ruffle an alcoholic is deadly. The ruffled mind
cannot think clear ly, and most of us, even at our best,
are likely to suffer from wrinkled thinking. There’s
nothing superior to lust as a disrupter of thought, and
anyone around the program for a time has seen that the
imperious urge is often followed by a spree.
gets us back to the old question: How do we keep such
a force under control, not to become perfect, but simply
to make sobriety stronger today? One good way, judging
by the experience of many, seems to be a hard look in
the mirror and a little stocktaking. If we are honest,
we will see danger coming. It then takes only goodwill
and a bit of self-discipline to steer the straying carcass
back into line. This calls for close attention to the
program and often requir es the help of a tr usted friend.
If ever there was need to lean on the Steps, it is here.
again, we need to move outward to combat one of the most
muscular of the seven deadly character defects. Why? Oh,
just to give our selves a break, in this quest of the
informed alcoholic for true sobriety.
C., Hull, Mass.